Freedom to Flouish Conference Hosted by CU

by Jennifer Taggart, Public Relations Writer

Focusing on the role of how free markets improve the lives of individuals, Cedarville University will host the Freedom to Flourish conference on Thursday, March 12. The event begins at 10 a.m. in the Dixon Ministry Center and is open to the public.

Headlining the conference is Peter Greer, president and CEO of Hope International, and Charles Murray, W. H. Brady scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Greer will speak at 10 a.m., and Murray will close the conference with a 7 p.m. lecture.
The conference is hosted by the Cedarville University Center for Political Studies, the School of Business Administration, and the Berry Chair of Free Enterprise. The Koch Family Foundation is sponsoring the event.

“We believe that by changing economic structures, we can put people in the best position to help themselves,” said Mark Caleb Smith, Ph.D., director of the Center for Political Studies and assistant professor of political science at Cedarville University. “Economic freedom allows people to make their own decisions, to maximize their gifts and abilities and to achieve success on their own.”

Greer heads the leading organization in microfinance and missions. He is an advocate for the role of business in the mission field to alleviate poverty and has co-written books including “The Poor Will Be Glad,” “The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good” and “Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing.” Greer has been featured on CNN and in Christianity Today and Forbes Magazine.

Murray has written best-selling books on social classes and economic systems including “The Bell Curve,” “Real Education” and “Coming Apart.” He is a national figure who has been regularly featured in major publications such The Washington Post, The New York Times and Forbes Magazine.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.